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The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the best science fiction movies that were released before 1960.

Terrifying monsters and unwelcome visitors from space frightened movie-goers in classic sci-fi movies. The best old sci fi movies are often based on famous novels, although some original stories dreamt up by modern masters thrilled on the big screen as well. This is a list of the top early sci fi movies including everything from King Kong to The Day the Earth Stood Still to Metropolis.

What films will you find on this list of the best classic science fiction films? In 1931, Boris Karloff took the title role in Frankenstein, a film based on Mary Shelley's novel of the same name. The movie went on to be included in the National Film Registry for its significance. Creature From the Black Lagoon is another scary sci fi film released before 1960. It's hard to discuss classic sci fi without mentioning Ed Wood's low-budget masterpiece, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Other top movies featured on this list include The Thing from Another World and The Blob.

It's up to you to decide with silver screen favorite deserves the top spot on the list. Give your picks a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any classics that are missing.

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H. G. Wells' War of the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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The Day the Earth Stood ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Invasion of the Body Sna... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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Them! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

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The Thing from Another W... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Journey to the Center of... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Creature from the Black ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Earth vs. the Flying Sau... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor
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It Came from Outer Space... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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20 Million Miles to Eart... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Ray Harryhausen, William Hopper, Joan Taylor
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The Incredible Shrinking... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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This Island Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

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The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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Godzilla, King of the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
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It! The Terror from Beyo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies
Valdave added Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict